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2013 a record year for deadly attacks on aid workers - and outlook for 2014 is no better

Published on Aug 20, 2014 12:41 AM
 
Afghan medical workers carry one of the bodies of two foreign female aid workers gunned down by men on a motorcycle in July 2014. Research released on Tuesday for 2013 shows Afghanistan topped the list of countries where aid workers faced greater risk, with 81 killed that year. -- PHOTO: AFP

UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) - Attacks on aid workers reached a new peak in 2013, with 155 relief staff killed, and this year is shaping up as equally deadly, according to figures released Tuesday.

Afghanistan topped the list of countries where aid workers faced greater risk, with 81 killed in 2013, according to research from the consultancy group Humanitarian Outcomes.

Worldwide, a total of 155 aid workers were killed, 171 were seriously wounded and 134 were kidnapped in 2013 - with three-quarters of the violence taking place in five countries: Afghanistan, Syria, South Sudan, Pakistan and Sudan.

Overall, this represents a 66 per cent increase in the number of victims from 2012.

 
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